The Ukrainian foreign Ministry commented on today’s decree of President of Russian Federation Vladimir Putin on the simplification of obtaining Russian citizenship by certain categories of Ukrainians, reports “Russian conversation”, citing a statement published on the official website of the MFA of Ukraine.

The Ukrainian side has demanded from Moscow to immediately “cancel all illegal decisions concerning the certification of Ukrainian citizens and eliminate their negative consequences”.

The report notes that Kyiv reserves the right to use effective measures “to protect national security, legitimate rights and interests of Ukrainian citizens in accordance with international law and the legislation of Ukraine”.

Ukraine will continue to work with international partners on strengthening the sanctions regime against the Russian Federation.

In addition, Kiev sent a note of protest to the Ministry of foreign Affairs of Russia.

We will remind, the government of Ukraine proposed to automatically deprive the Ukrainian citizenship of the persons who will receive the Russian passports.

Earlier media called the percentage of people in uncontrolled Kiev territory of Donetsk and Lugansk regions who will be able to obtain Russian citizenship.